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Searching for sumac and senjed in Oakland/Berkeley?

cfarivar Mar 3, 2007 04:17 PM

I'm decorating for Persian New Year and I need some sumac and senjed (the dried fruit of the oleaster tree) ?

I tried Zand on Solano, but they won't have senjed (they do have sumac) until next Thursday? Where can I get some a little sooner, ideally in the Rockridge/Temescal/Elmwood neighborhoods?

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  1. rworange Mar 3, 2007 05:11 PM

    There's a new place on Solano - Saffron Gourmet. You might give them a call.
    Saffron Gourmet
    1007 Solano Ave
    Albany, Ca 94706

    They are closed Monday and open all other days of the week.

    1. Robert Lauriston Mar 4, 2007 09:23 AM

      You can find them at 99 Ranch or any good Chinese grocer. They call them dried red dates or jujubes.

      1. rworange Mar 4, 2007 03:53 PM

        I stopped by Saffron Gourmet today and they have both. They are closed tommorrow and they close at 5 today ... so too late unless you live next door.

        Gosh, this is a wonderful store. Will report about the deilciousness there soon. Really a good addition to the neighborhood ... never mind the neigborhood ... nice addtition to the East Bay period.

        1. cfarivar Mar 4, 2007 04:41 PM

          Yeah, I went there late this morning. I spoke some Farsi with the owner and he ended up giving me some free Persian tea. I bought sumac, senjed and some homemade torshi (Persian salsa/chutney). I'll report on the torshi later.

          Thanks again for the find!

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          1. re: cfarivar
            rworange Mar 4, 2007 05:28 PM

            Great. Here's a link to a report on my visits this weekend ... I really wanted those poached pears, but they were sold out.

            What little I tried seemed very tasty, but I don't have lots of experience with Persian food.

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